The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- Smack-dab central location just a block from Grand Central Terminal
- Housed in a historic red brick building that was formerly a long-stay hotel for artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann
- Interiors by trailblazing Stonehill & Taylor Architects, the designers behind New York’s Ace Hotel and NoMad Hotel
- The 173 guestrooms, including 33 suites, have a loft-like layout and custom furnishings including easel-inspired TV stands, benchlike desks and patterned carpets designed to look like paint-splattered concrete
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Some Gallery Rooms and Suites have private terraces
- Midtown address at 40th and Lexington, but the look and vibe have a hip, downtown edge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a historic 1920s Midtown East building, the Renwick offers a hip stay just a block from Grand Central Terminal. The 173-room property was a former long-stay hotel for writers, artists, and intellectuals including John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The new-look Renwick draws on this rich literary and artistic heritage, from custom furnishings designed to evoke easels and desks, to carpets that mimic paint-splattered concrete and installation-like artworks. All of the guest rooms have a loft-style layout, with platform King and Queen beds, tufted leather headboards, steampunk chandeliers, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and mini-fridges. The petite bathrooms are notable for their graphic ceiling murals, plush bathrobes and slippers, and posh Apotheke amenities. Downstairs, chef John Delucie’s first solo restaurant project, Bedford & Co., is the heart of the property, with a menu that focuses on upscale American comfort food (signature dishes include chicken pot pie and truffle mac and cheese).
In the Area
If you’re inspired by your artsy digs, take a tour of the grand New York Public Library and check out one of the rotating exhibits. While you’re there, visit Bryant Park, a sylvan break from the big city bustle. Depending on the time of year, you can catch an outdoor movie, challenge a local to chess or go ice skating. Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over martinis at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment bar or over dinner at the Oyster Bar. Or sample the excellent beer selection, from stouts to IPAs to cask-conditioned ales, at Ginger Man.
How to Get There
This was our first visit to the states. We went to celebrate a family members birthday. My brother had visited New York before so we went along with his view on this hotel. He had stayed near by but not in this hotel. On arrive we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff. The booking in process was slick and we found ourselves in a very spacious room , a nice seating area and a well appointed bathroom. The hotel is well situated, close to many attractions. We didn't eat in the restaurant so can't comment on this part of the hotel, but we did use the bar and we were served by some interesting staff. For a major city the area was very quite and a good night sleep was had by all. Over all a good choice.
Lovely quaint boutique hotel. Check in was quick & efficient. Room was very modern. It had fridge, safe, hairdryer & toiletries, wifi. Bathroom was very spacious. Beds extremely comfy.
It wasn't too noisy even though in the middle of new York. Very centrally located. Didn't try the bar/restaurant, as we had our 2 kids with us and overall we felt it wasn't a very kid friendly place.
Also, they charge $50 per night to your card which we were never informed of, and it takes a few days after you check out to be refunded.
Would probably stay here again but not with kids.
This is a characterful concept hotel with cosy rooms and a colourful history. I loved that the mural on the lobby walls is constantly evolving, much like the city itself. The room was decent value for money given the class and location.
We visited as a surprise birthday treat, and the service in advance of arrival was great; I made the hotel aware of the special occasion and made arrangements delivery of specialty cakes to the hotel. The manager coordinated receipt of the delivery to ensure it was made to our room so my partner had the surprise treat on arrival.
The room itself was a decent size by New York standards (meaning cozy compared to other US rooms) and was stylishly decorated throughout with lots of small touches. From the lamps to the hotel pencils, the rooms were expertly styled with a classic yet artistic flair. It definitely met our expectations as to the boutique, literary feel. The small mini-fridge was appreciated. Our experience with the 'Do Not Disturb' sign was a bit curious; the 'sign' is, in fact, a large paint brush. Apparently, it was supposed to include a tag on it stating to put it on the door for privacy, but ours lacked this tag. We wondered bemusedly the meaning behind it - is it 'Do Not Disturb', or asking for cleanup? This confusion was resolved the next day when we asked.
We slept solidly - the room was surprisingly quiet for being so very central.
The breakfast is served in the adjacent restaurant/bar. It is suitably New York in style (with all that New York pricing entails), and although most of our meals were tasty, I'm not sure I would have been willing to pay full price. On the upside, the complimentary Gold/Diamond breakfast menu was fabulous; I was worried that it was a bit carb-heavy, but all of the components were high quality and tasty, especially the yogurt. For Hilton Honours who qualify, you get vouchers to exchange for this menu for free, or to apply money toward the a la carte menu if you prefer.
Generally, we enjoyed the hotel. Unfortunately, we had such an incomparably poor service experience on arrival, that I'm challenged as to choosing a rating. Our flight landed late, and we did not arrive at the hotel until 1 am. When we entered the lobby, the security officer radioed a member of staff to let them know of our arrival and then proceeded to take a personal phone call during our entire wait. I had already checked in on my Hilton app but wanted an extra key and wanted to understand details about the breakfast (which was included as we are Hilton Honours Gold members). We stood waiting at the front desk for AT LEAST 20 minutes, though it could have been closer to 30, before we finally gave up. Thank goodness I had requested a digital key before arriving, as we were able to search for our room and get our much-needed rest despite not actually speaking to another member of staff. I have no idea how long we would have been forced to wait in the middle of the night to check in if I didn't have the app, but this was entirely unsuitable for the class of hotel and price paid. I appreciate that we arrived at an off-peak time, and made some accommodation for this, but this was really not up to Hilton brand standards and was the last thing we wanted after a long 7-hour international flight and start to a birthday weekend. On a side note, it was a bit concerning from a safety perspective.
Subsequent interactions with staff improved. The day manager apparently has a habit of calling rooms once during a stay to confirm their needs are being met and wanted to confirm that our cakes were received. I did mention the poor arrival experience (of which they were previously unaware) and they were apologetic. However, it is hard to rate a hotel as 'Very Good', or even 'Average' when we were left to literally sort ourselves out on arrival... that we were offered nothing more than a basic 'I'm very sorry to hear that' flabbergasts me. I have literally never heard of this happening before, but I would have expected the incident to have been reported to the manager when we first escalated it the next morning, and for them to have initiated personal contact specifically about it at the very least.
Overall, this hotel has great decor, a great location and nice interior amenities. It's unfortunate that our special birthday weekend experience was so clouded by the exceptionally poor service on arrival, as this really shadowed our entire 3-night stay.
I expect (or at least hope) that this is rare, one-off case. All things considered, I would have given it a 'Very Good' rating otherwise. I just can't bring myself to provide that rating given the price we paid and the genuinely baffling arrival service experience. I have a hard time not cringing at the thought of what we would have done if I had not requested a digital key beforehand.
Great service, great location. Nice size and clean rooms. Check in very quickly and sharp. There is a restaurant at the lobby and its good. The room was very clean, love the ambiance. I definitely will recommend to stay.
We stayed here on 5/8/18 while visiting friends in NYC. The hotel is about 2 blocks from GCT and 3/4 of a mile from central park.
We were in room 705. We found the room clean, well appointed, and, for NYC, quiet. The bed was very comfortable.
The complimentary internet was quick.
We had the complimentary breakfast in the hotel restaurant (your choices are smaller than the full menu but we had no problem with that) and thought it was very good.
The staff was pleasant and helpful.
Overall, a good place to stay.